Here you’ll find writings by and about the early Bentheimer pioneers. Generally speaking, these pioneers emigrated before 1900, but the stories of later emigrants can appear here, as well. By collecting these articles and publishing them together in one place, the Society endeavors to preserve their experiences and make them available to historians, genealogists, and others who have an interest in the American Immigrant Story.
Nancy Chapel (Nadia Chaplya; Nadija Tschaplja) was born on December 31, 1924 in a small hamlet in the northern part of the Ukraine. She lived in the Ukraine until she was 18 years old. As a child, she suffered much. Her life was full of hardship and horror. She experienced hunger, homelessness, and abuse.
There was a little boy running in wooden shoes on a deck of the Steamship Friesland on 20 August 1892. This person was Albert Bielefeld, the 3 1/2–year–old son of Evert Bielefeld (32 years) and Ennegien Bielefeld born Schultink (35 years). This courageous little family left their home in Hoogstede–Bathorn, Kreis Bentheim, Germany, to come to America.